If Mary was having baby Jesus on the peninsula, there would certainly be room in the inn. Last night, the city’s Board of Architectural Review gave final approval to a large, 29,000 sq. ft. expansion of the hotel at the corner of Meeting and Calhoun. Currently a Holiday Inn, the larger hotel will be rebranded as a Courtyard by Marriott. Crews are awaiting a building permit before they can begin demolition of an existing building at the site.

The review board also gave preliminary approval to a new five-story hotel at the corner of Meeting and Woolfe streets, sharing a block with the Burris Liquor Store. Board members were impressed with most of the plans, but wanted to see more attention to some details before final approval, since it will be easy to spot the hotel from all directions. The property had been one of several planned for rejuvenating the largely industrial area prior to the economic downturn. Several of the other projects are stalled until conditions improve.

A four-story hotel on Lockwood Drive, planned to overlook the Ashley River, was submitted for early review. The board will consider conceptual approval on Oct. 27.